Nerf has become more and more hilariously realistic with its blasters over the years. You won’t mistake any brightly colored Nerf weapon for a real gun, but mechanically they’re cousins at this point. We’ve seen magazine, drum, and belt-fed machine guns, bolt actions, bipods, tripods, and a variety of grips and stocks for Nerf guns, evoking countless pistols, submachine guns, and rifles. The Nerf N-Strike Elite and Modulus lines have done the bulk of this work, with the N-Strike rail system giving way to dozens of accessories and configurations for Modulus blasters. Now Nerf is going a step further, with its first selective fire blaster.
The future of virtual reality may not be the HTC Vive, according to maker Gabe Newell. Video game developer Valve, in partnership with HTC, last year launched the Vive: an impressive but expensive headset that requires a beefy PC to operate.
Crunchyroll, the massively popular anime streaming service, has grown to 1 million paid subscribers and 20 million total users. If you thought anime was still part of a niche audience that people weren’t interested in exploring, these numbers should prove otherwise, especially in a market where video-on-demand services like HBO Now and CBS All Access are drawing in subscribers by the millions. Anime and manga are their own formidable force for audiences who want to consume anime by the truckload and even the casual viewer.
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